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Ponshukan Sake and Rice Museum
Niigata is a famous production place of sake including well-known brands like "Kubota" and "Koshino Kanbai." Situated inside Echigo-Yuzawa Station in Niigata, Ponshukan Sake and Rice Museum is a place where you can taste famous sake of Niigata, purchase them and take a bath filled with sake. All the sake made in Niigata tastes great, because it is made using delicious rice and water. On top of that, since the temperature doesn't vary much between afternoon and night in Niigata, it is a perfect condition to produce good sake! I hope you will find the one you like after tasting many types of famous sake.
- 2427-3 Yuzawa, Yuzawa-cho, Minamiuonuma-gun, Niigata
- Contact No.
- Inside JR Echigo-Yuzawa Station
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Normal period: 9:00-18:00, Winter period: 9:00-20:00
Sake Bath: Normal period 10:30-17:30, Winter period 10:30-19:30
Each facility of the building has different opening hours. Please check the official website for further details.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 min
- Admission fee
- Sake-tasting price (5 cups): 500 yen, Sake Bath price: junior high school student or older 800 yen, Elementary school student 400 yen, free for younger children
- Other Information
- *Closed from June 8-28 for renovation and is expected to reopen on June 29.
※ Some information is displayed in Japanese and machine-translated English, which may not be accurate.
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The Prefecture of Niigata has the biggest number of sake cellars in Japan. At the Sake-tasting Corner, you can taste famous sake from 96 sake cellars of Niigata. After paying and receiving five coins and sake cups at the reception, you can get sake that you want to try by inserting the coins in the machines with the name of sake. A great way to try different, slightly chilled sake.
Perfect place for people who don't drink: Koji Cafe
Inside the building, you can enjoy drinks and ice cream made of koji, which is similar to yeast that is used to make sake, at Koji Cafe. It is a popular place for people who don't drink alcohol. Because koji is known to activate metabolism, you can feel healthy internally.
Perfect place to buy gifts: Sake Shop
At the sake shop, there is a rich variety of delicious sake from Niigata available. Why don't you buy the sake you liked after tasting it? It would also be a great gift for friends who love good alcohol.
Drop by to relax in the Sake Bath
Inside Echigo-Yuzawa station where Ponshukan Sake and Rice Museum is situated, there is also a sake bath where you can drop by to take a bath! In fact, bath water contains diluted sake made especially for a bath. Since sake bath makes the skin smooth, it is popular among women. Even children can take this bath, so you can enjoy safely with all of your family.